Resources for Minority-Owned Businesses

There is a great wealth of resources for minority-owned businesses seeking specialized advice or assistance on management, finances, networking, and education. We’ve collected many of those resources right here.
Make sure you’re taking advantage of all the opportunities available to you.

Financial Aid Guide for Minority Students

Student loan debt has grown significantly over the years, placing more of a financial burden on students nationwide. Historically, minorities have been largely underrepresented in higher education with studies suggesting economic and financial disadvantages contributing to this gap In an effort to support minority students in Tampa, has created a financial aid guide for minority students that provides scholarship application tips and various funding opportunities for minority psychology students.


Small Business Development Center

The FSBDCN serves as the statewide single point of contact for the advancement of an entrepreneurial environment; thus, creating a positive foundation for the development and growth of existing and emerging businesses in Florida.


Hands On Banking

Starting and managing your own business can ask a lot more of your time, energy and talent than most jobs ever do. It may require a significant investment of your own money and it might be risky. But it may prove much more rewarding, too. Hands On Banking is a free and commercial-free tool by Wells Fargo for entrepreneurs.


Doing Business in Hillsborough County: Minorities, Women & Small Business

Targeted programs to help minority- or woman-owned businesses flourish are available through Hillsborough County. Here you can find resources, access business opportunities, and enroll in training. Minority Certification and Small Business Registration are services provided at no cost to business owners.


Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council

The mission of the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council is to link corporations and government agencies with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to foster business development and expansion.


Entrepreneur & Small Business Support: Resources & Training

Connect with the knowledge and resources you need to grow your small business. The Entrepreneur Collaborative Center is a hub where innovators gather to share ideas and access tools to grow their businesses, and programs such as the Economic Development Innovation Initiative (EDI2) to engage start-ups to fuel prosperity.


Pinellas County Economic Development

Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) works with existing businesses to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers to Central Florida’s Gulf Coast.